This December will see the first Pride of Redditch awards launched by Councillor Rebecca Blake, shining light on people who are helping to make positive differences in Redditch for the town and its residents.
For those who haven’t already heard, we officially opened our doors on Friday 11th October for anyone and everyone to come and see what we do and check out our new home. We hope some of you managed to come down and see for yourselves. The turn out was incredible and around 150 people attended.
As some of you may know we have been in the process of moving to a larger purpose built centre for the best part of a year. On Monday 29th July it eventually happened! (With the help of many hardworking volunteers and a big van)
We have moved from our premises in Matchborough Centre to the Matchborough East Community Centre.
Apologies for the lack of posts recently, we have doubled our workload this year and have really struggled to find time to keep the blog up to date!
The two big projects that we have been getting off the ground this year are –
-Support Across the Spectrum which is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and enables us to work with young people aged 15-25 who have Asperger’s to reduce social isolation.
In November we kicked off our Support Across the Spectrum project which is a development of our existing Spectrum Club sessions. We were successful in receiving funding for the next 5 years by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund (whoohoo!!) The Spectrum Club for those who don’t already know is our work with youngsters who have Aspergers Syndrome.
So this meant the Spectrum Club went from fortnightly Thursday evening sessions for younger (Spectrum Orange) and older (Spectrum Red) members to weekly sessions for both groups and much much more…
The Support Across the Spectrum project has three main aims-
1) Reduce isolation of people with ASD
2) Increase independence of people with ASD
3) Increase mental and physical well being of people with ASD
This is taking the form of weekly friendship groups, weekly drop in, group trips, internal and external volunteering opportunities, film projects, festivals, steering group, review website, monthly social games console nights, healthy lifestyle and independent living skills activities and projects and much more!
Check out the slideshow below to see for yourself what we have already been up to with our brilliant Spectrum project…
For those who haven’t been hearing every 2 minutes on our twitter (@your_ideas), we have been successful with our Big Lottery Reaching Communities bid!!! This is to develop the Spectrum club – our work with young people with Aspergers Syndrome for the next 5 years and we are so pleased. Continue reading
We were recently visited by Dr Simon Murphy who is a candidate for the new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands and Local Labour Councillor John Fisher.
They found out about our lovely little project and how offering positive activities to youngsters in a setting like ours can help reduce the chances of becoming disengaged and at risk of offending, which can be a cheaper and more effective solution in the long run.
To read the full article and laugh at the cheesy photo check out the link below…
As mentioned in previous posts we have had big changes at Your Ideas this summer/autumn due to projects finishing and new projects on the horizon so we have had a makeover on our website to reflect this. It is up to date, easier to navigate and looks even better than before.
It won’t replace the blog as we think they compliment each other, with the website being more information based and the blog great for day to day updates.
If you want more information about the project then check it out – http://www.yourideas.org.uk/
It’s that time of year again when people start raising funds for the much publicized annual Children in Need campaign. Our project is no different and this year our Spectrum Club members are planning a Halloween party fundraiser.
A well overdue quick snapshot of some of the artwork that our young people are currently been working on…
-As we have not been back open long after the summer holidays we are just getting out teeth stuck into some new art projects. The main one being our next window display – as you can see we have started work on our paper mache scarecrow head an hands already.
-Long time member Lewis has started an ambitious creation using a recycled spray can.
-Other artwork includes large cartoon drawings, portraits of musicians, and tattoo inspired pieces.
This month has been great for indulging in obsessive compulsive behaviours whilst having a mega sort out at the project. We have spent a ridiculous amount of hours organising arts and craft materials and resources into easy to find storage. This was incredibly laborious but massively pleasing! Can’t wait for our groups to get stuck in to making some amazing artwork.
We are now back in the centre after a well needed summer break.
It was slightly manic before we broke up for summer as always, especially with the end of term trips for each group. The photos are too good not to share though so I will do a belated post soon.
Over the summer we have had a few big changes to the project with the school group ceasing for the meantime as the school is going through big changes as it becomes an academy.
Our With It Group for residents aged over 50 has been successfully handed over to Alan Walker who will now be running the group. The group will continue on the same day and will still run from our centre.
Our ever popular Art Club for local youngsters will continue to run as usual with the youngsters having the opportunity to create art work to be displayed at the newly refurbished Abbey Stadium, or try their hand at creating something truly terrifying for our notorious Halloween window display.
During our closure a team of volunteers snuck in and decorated the toilets and paint room which was in dire need of some work as they were dark and miserable! I’d like to thank Ryan Edwards, Jordan Cooke, Mick Fitzgerald, Richard Underwood and Michael Fitzgerald for giving up their time, skills and materials to help out.
As always we are waiting to hear back from various funders that we have applied for funding from so we are excited and nervous to see how that will shape the future of the project and how we develop. Cross your fingers and toes for us and we will update when we hear more!
With great changes to youth provision in Redditch due to the massive cuts in the statutory centre we are sad to hear that 2 of the 3 council run youth centres have now closed and the decision on the third is still up in the air. This has put a massive dent in Redditch youth provision which makes it ever more interesting to see how the Worcestershire County Council will choose to spend the small amount of money left allocated to commission young peoples services. Fingers crossed we are successful on our bid!
Think that is all for now, thanks for reading 🙂